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Maine Town To Vote On Key Tar Sands Ordinance

Lots of New England towns have taken non-binding votes against tar sands oil, but residents of South Portland, Maine, are about to take a vote that could matter. They are considering an ordinance designed to prevent their port from being used to export tar sands to world markets via an existing pipeline that connects Maine to Montreal.
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NSA Chief: We Did Not Collect French, Spanish Phone Data

The head of the NSA testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday. General Keith Alexander disputed news reports that the NSA collected the phone call data of citizens in France and Spain. The NSA is facing tough criticism over its extensive surveillance efforts, including the apparent monitoring of phone calls of the leaders of countries that are close U.S. allies. The NSA controversy has also prompted legislators to change the way the agency conducts surveillance. Two reforms aim to limit the NSA's ability to collect the phone records of U.S. persons in bulk.
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Obama Responds To European And Congressional Fury Over Spying

President Obama won't say when he learned about American eavesdropping on European allies. Instead, he's talking about a review of U.S. surveillance policy that could lead to new limits on the NSA's eavesdropping authority.
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Health Site Glitches Have At-Risk Democrats Favoring Delay

As Republicans slam the messy rollout of HealthCare.gov, Democrats in conservative states could score political points by supporting an extension of the open enrollment period.
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For A Longer Life, You Might Try Mowing The Lawn

Older people who are active every day appear to lower their risk of heart disease and death by almost a third, even if they're not doing the kind of exercise that breaks a sweat. Gardening and puttering around the house qualify. And don't overlook berry-picking, a popular pastime in Sweden, where the study was done.
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U.S. Did Not Spy On French, Spanish Citizens, Says Spy Chief

Gen. Keith Alexander also said the information was collected in conjunction with European governments.
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Texas Asks Court To Reinstate Abortion Restrictions

The request follows a district court ruling on Monday that found the state's new law unconstitutional and said it imposed an undue burden on women seeking abortions.
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'We Hurt A Lot Of People,' Westboro Pastor's Granddaughter Says

Nearly a year after breaking with the Westboro Baptist Church, two of Pastor Fred Phelps' granddaughters are enjoying a new freedom. But as they tell a Canadian newspaper, they also want to extend empathy to those they hurt in the name of a cause championed by the man they call "Gramps."
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Meet The Mom Who Shamed A Pumpkin Thief

When Becky Reina discovered that someone had taken a pumpkin carved for her 2-year-old son, she put a sign on her porch to tell the thief just what she thought. The photo's gotten quite a bit of attention. She hopes the person responsible feels bad about it now.

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A Japanese iPhone Gadget Teases The Tummy With Food Smells

Scentee draws power from an iPhone to blast you with the smell of hearty meat or lavender. But could the synthetic smell of meat trick your brain into thinking you're eating meat instead of plain rice?

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